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Cody
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Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:27 pm

I am looking for information on an Eastern Airlines jet that made an emergency landing at the Hot Springs, VA (Ingalls Field) airport in 1978. I know there was a bomb threat and I was told that the bomber claimed the bomb would detonate below a certain altitude. The Hot Springs Airport has such a high elevation that it was chosen for the landing. Can ayone comfirm this? Do any of you know what type of aircraft it was?
 
packcheer
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RE: Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:49 pm

Found this for you in a Google search.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...&sjid=a1oDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3167,3029515

It says it was an Orlando to Neward flight with 116 passengers and 5 crew.

The newspaper is from Saturday, July 29, 1978, so I would guess this happened on Friday, July 28th, 1978.



Could be a 727-200, a DC-9-31... a few other options also. Runway at Hot Springs (HSP) is only 5600 ft long, and almost 4,000 ft in Elevation.
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Flaps
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RE: Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:51 pm

Based on the five crew number and my hazy, fading memory I'm inclined to believe it was a DC-9-30.
 
packcheer
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RE: Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:52 pm

Found another news article with a grainy black and white photo.

http://newspaperarchive.com/the-progress-index/1978-07-29

The article says it's a DC-9.
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RE: Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:08 pm

That was like an airplane version of the movie, "Speed".

A similar thing happened to a UA DC-8-61. They took off from LAX for HNL. When they got out over the ocean, someone phoned in a bomb threat stating that the bomb would go off when they descended below a certain altitude (like 5000 feet IIRC). So, the crew turned around and flew to COS.
 
Cody
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RE: Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Tue May 01, 2012 12:38 am

Thanks so much for the informative responses.
 
maxpower1954
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RE: Eastern Airlines In Hot Springs, VA

Tue May 01, 2012 12:59 am

It was also a 1967 TV movie written by Rod Serling - "Doomsday Flight". Van Johnson landed his jet at DEN to keep the bomb from going off at 5,000 feet. Many phony threats followed after the airing.

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